I’ve carried a Swiss Army Knife daily since the 70’s. I had grown comfortable with the traditional design, but now they offer an updated design. Before I could decide if I liked this new design, I needed to see the new styled Swiss Army Knife Trekker compared to the Hiker!
Swiss Army Knife Trekker Compared to the Hiker
I just had to see how the new style of Swiss Army Knives measured up against the traditional Swiss Army Knife design. Is this redesign just a cosmetic change or was there some magical difference between this style and the older, traditional, classic style?
I just had to solve this mystery.
I went out and bought a Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker. It has an almost identical configuration to my current EDC Swiss Army Knife, the Hiker and according to Victorinox, it is the official field knife for the German Army.
I really wanted to see that Trekker compared side by side with my trusty Hiker!
The first thing I noticed was the blade difference. The Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker isn’t just a cool name, it actually can be opened with one hand.
I have to admit, that is a pretty good change!
Once I opened the blades on both knives there was another obvious difference.
The blade on the Trekker was partially serrated. I’m on the fence about the serrations, but it’s not a deal breaker.
Now for the really good news. The Trekker‘s blade locks open. It’s has a locking blade. My prayers have been answered. This feature really raises the value of this knife!
Ok, as awesome as one-handed opening and a locking blade are, we can’t stop here. There’s more doo-dads to look into.
Bottle Opener and Large Screwdriver
The screw driver on the bottle opener attachment is much larger. I know on many occasions, that a larger flat screwdriver would have been very helpful. This is a nice update.
Can Opener and small Screwdriver
The can openers shape had changed a bit, but that’s about it.
The Wood Saws both have the alternating teeth and excellent bite. It offers just enough gap space to prevent clogging.
I love having a Philips screwdriver, but I will never understand the positioning of it on the Swiss Army Knives. Thanks for including one, but isn’t there a better way?
The Reamer or Awl
This is the tool that always seems to cut me. If it’s not closing on my fingers and cutting them, then I find myself trying to push it closed the wrong way, cutting myself anyway.
This is a handy tool, to poke holes in leather or canvas, it’s too bad that the Trekker doesn’t have the sewing eye. I’ve only used that sewing eye, on the hiker, a couple of times, but I like the idea of having it there.
Due to the one-handed opening and the locking knife blade, I think the Trekker is the winner here, if you are OK with it being an inch longer. It didn’t beat out the Hiker by much, because it’s a hard knife to top!
Maybe neither the Trekker or the Hiker appeals to you, but there’s probably a Swiss Army Knife that’s right for you!